180 Tasting Notes

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
180 tasting notes

So…drinking the cold tea left in the fridge overnight. And this is it! My favorite flavored-black iced tea! Delicious plums and apricots so rich and juicy blended with the smoothest light tea, and a delectable aroma.

I think I like it better than Tower of London and Paris even… although they are all good and a bit similar in a way.

I wish I made more because this won’t last long!

Nightshifter

I must try this! :)

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85
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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Malty, nutty black tea with mild bittersweet chocolate. I think I made this cup bit weak but it is still satisfying and tasty. Will have another cup with a bit more dry leaf added.

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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On my quest of iced tea making, I saved a couple cups to have hot which I enjoyed this afternoon.

I drank half a cup plain, half a cup with a bit of milk and a cup with sugar.
I didn’t like it plain so much but with milk, I found that the plum and apricot flavors were fantastic and in harmony with the smooth, light tea. Plain just didn’t seem as tasty and smooth to me somehow (perhaps I should have let it cool ever so slightly). It does seem odd that I’d like milk with this tea as I don’t like milk and fruit together at all but I guess fruit flavored teas are the exception.
Then, to be really adventurous I had a cup hot and sweetened with sugar, and wow, it was really delicious! The plum and apricot flavors were so sweet and the aroma was rich with fruits. And again it is odd as I never have sugar in hot tea but I loved it in this cup.

This is a lovely, rich fruity tea and I can see why H&S’s calls this a dessert tea.

Looking forward to the chilled version tomorrow!

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This makes quite a strong, full bodied cup of fragrant and creamy tasting tea with a hint of bergamot. I drink it with a dash of milk and re-steep the leaves once with no real change in flavour.
I like the fact it is organic, and would say it is my favorite earl gray tea to drink once in awhile, although I have to admit I haven’t tried many.
I have tried it iced but found it to be somewhat astringent and unpleasant when chilled.

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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Re-steeped the leaves from my morning cup earlier, added a teaspoon of sugar and chilled, which made for a deliciously smooth glass of iced tea. Well, without the ice actually, so really a glass of cold tea but I like that best sometimes.

This turned out better than I expected. Simple, plain and absolutely refreshing with a touch of sweetness from the sugar (which probably wasn’t really needed).

This has turned out to be a nice versatile tea and I’m quite happy with it – a tin of this would be nice to have in my cupboard.

ashmanra

Someone recently asked Mike Harney what tea they could buy to drink hot that would give them a similar flavor to their Organic Plain Black Tea sachets. He recommended this one!
I had a one pound bag but have only a few ounces left. I need to try it iced.

caile

Are the Organic Plain Black Tea sachets those large ones specifically for iced tea? I haven’t tried those.
You must have an amazing cupboard! :-)

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85
drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
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This has been one of my favorite teas this summer and probably one of the first white teas I have enjoyed.

The tea flavour is light and smooth but the main taste is the coconut, which is soft and clean, and there is a freshness to this which is so delicious.

I have had this hot and cold and love it both ways, but probably end up drinking it most at room temperature which is my favorite .
I did try cold brewing the dry leaves in water but found it somewhat astringent which I didn’t enjoy, so I make it hot and then let cool before putting in the fridge. Oddly, if I put the once or twice brewed leaves in a jug of water to cold steep that way, it turns out delicious with no bitterness, so I re-use the leaves that way for a second small jug of cold tea.

A lovely, refreshing coconut tea!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

This one is a nice one!

caile

Yes! I’ve gone through a lot of it!

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
180 tasting notes

Dry leaf smells fresh and delicately floral. Brewed taste is also a smooth, light floral tea – quite delicious without any bitterness. I drank this cup with a bit of milk and like it a lot – a good everyday tea.
This was a loose leaf sample I purchased but would certainly buy a larger quantity.
I wonder how it would be as sweetened iced tea and I’d also like to try it like that.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
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I seem to want the same comforting teas over and over and this is one of them. So delicious with coconut and chocolate, and so fragrant – I think the amaranth petals are the perfect compliment in this blend.

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Since I love H&S’s Paris blend, I got a sample pouch of this to try since it seems similar. I made up a small jug of brewed tea and put in the fridge to chill as I’ve been having iced tea a lot lately. It turned out lovely and is very similar to Paris, with the exception that I really taste the honey note in this. I can’t decide which I like better but did save a teaspoon of the dry tea to brew a hot cup at a later date, so I am going to compare them again then, as this time both teas were cold and sweetened. For now, I’d say I like Tower of London just as much as Paris.

Nightshifter

Sounds lovely! I hope to try it at some point soon.

ashmanra

Another one that I buy by the pound!

caile

It is pound-worthy!

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drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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This tastes like cherries and almonds with a hint of cinnamon, even though there are no cherries or almonds in this. I had this cold and it is quite flavourful. I’m sure it would also be a delicious hot cider beverage in the winter months.

I made this by brewing up about 4 teaspoons of tisane and a couple spoons of sugar in a quart jar with about a cup of boiling water for about 10 minutes, then filled the rest of the jar with cold water and put in the fridge until the next day.

I enjoyed drinking the entire jar and would have this again on occasion as found it to be refreshing and a bit different as a iced fruity beverage due to the hint of sweet cinnamon.

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Love loose-leaf tea. My favorite right now is black, both straight and some flavoured. I mostly drink black teas with a small dash of milk or cream but sometimes just clear.

I am enjoying finding favorites and what I like to keep in my cupboard.

Recently I discovered that I enjoy green teas so am exploring those a bit also.

Likes: cacao/chocolate, coconut,
Dislikes: rooibos, bergamot, seaweed, licorice

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